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Temple Work for Children

The opening of the St. George Utah Temple in 1877 raised questions for some members about what should be done for children who had died young. Brigham Young gave a concise explanation of what temple work should and should not be done: “Regarding children who die under eight years old. For their happiness and their salvation no ordinances are required for ‘of such are the kingdom of heaven.’ ” But if children were not born under the covenant, “then they must be sealed to their parents no matter if they die before or after they are eight years old or live to man and womanhood.”

Brigham Young letter to Wilford Woodruff, June 12, 1877, Brigham Young Office Files, Church History Library, Salt Lake City